Machame: Kilimanjaro Climbing Route Review

Our complete guide to Machame Route
The second most popular trek on Kilimanjaro, famous for its excellent acclimatization
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Machame Route Review

The Machame Route is the second most popular route to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. This historical route is one of the oldest routes for climbing Kilimanjaro, and is the first tent camping route (in contrast with Marangu, where climbers stay in stationary huts).

The allure of the Machame Route includes an initial climb through a tropical rainforest, close proximity to Moshi for a shorter drive, and the excellent acclimatization on a 7-day trek.

While the first day is sometimes challenging for hikers, successive days are less taxing. Campsites throughout the route are stationed in accordance with the climbing mantra: “walk high, sleep low” for optimal acclimatization to altitude. This is one of the reasons for the high success rate of Machame’s 7-day itineraries.

There are two available options for Machame, 6-day or 7-day treks, we do not recommend the 6-day trek unless you are an experienced climber and have prior acclimatization before attempting Kilimanjaro. The 6-day option has rapid altitude gain, resulting in a lower success rate.

On the other hand, the 7-day trek has excellent acclimatization and overnight camps are at appropriate elevations to encourage adaptation with altitude. While the first day may be difficult, the following days gradually lead to the summit.

One of the reasons this route is the most popular Kilimanjaro climb is because of its high success rate on the 7-day trek.

Climbers will scale Barranco Wall as they trek the Machame Route. This iconic wall can appear intimidating, and while it does at times require the use of hands for “scrambling”, it does not require any technical knowledge. The challenge of ascending 257 meters during the climb is great preparation for summiting Uhuru Peak.

Because of its popularity, Machame can be crowded with many groups. To ensure clients have a comfortable experience our groups usually start earlier and hit the trail before most of the other groups.

Travel Style and Conditions:
Camping
Service Level:
High
Physical rating:
Medium difficulty
Trip Type:
High-altitude hiking
Age requirements:
10 years
Total Route Length:
65 km/40 miles
Traffic:
Medium
Trailhead:
Machame Gate

Machame: Pros and Cons

Some things to remembers while choosing Machame route

Advantages:
  • Great acclimatization profile
  • Incredibly scenic
  • Diverse terrain
  • Goes through the rainforest on the first day
  • High success rate
Things to consider:
  • Inaccessible during the rainy season
  • May be crowded in August-September and January-February
  • First day may be tough for inexperienced hikers

Whiskey Route

The two oldest climbs on Kilimanjaro are Marangu and Machame. They are also among the most popular of the budget-friendly options.

Marangu has been nicknamed the “Coca-Cola Route” due to it being considered the easiest route up Mount Kilimanjaro (“easy” being a very loose term when discussing climbing one of the Seven Summits! and, truth be told, it's not the easiest) and because climbers stay in sleeping huts instead of tents.

Machame, on the other hand, is the “Whiskey” to Marangu’s “Coke”. While it is also one of the more budget-friendly climbs, the Whiskey Route is both a more difficult (its six-day variation) and more scenic climb.

Surprisingly, while the progressive days have steeper and more up-and-down hikes on Machame, for the final summit, the 7-day Machame option has a higher success rate than it’s “Coca-Cola” brother. The smaller daily challenges, and well-stationed camping allows for optimal acclimatization.

If you’re going to complete a 7-day trek up Kilimanjaro, the Whiskey Route has a higher success rate than Marangu, and is often considered to be a more beautiful climb.

Machame Route Map

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro allows hikers to experience a variety of climates as they approach the summit and the Machame Route especially highlights the diversity of environments. The Machame Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a hike through a tropical rainforest and then on to highlands, eventually reaching the glacier peak at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Trekking through Kilimanjaro’s rainforest-base also gives hikers the chance to spot some Tanzanian wildlife.

After Shira Camp the Machame trek turns west, reaching to Barranco Camp on the third day. It is here that the Machame route converges with the Lemosho Route, and the campsites can become more crowded.

On day four, climbers depart Barranco Camp and ‘scramble’ over Barranco Wall. It looks particularly imposing, but the climb usually takes 1-2 hours, depending on fitness level. For the 7-day trek, hikers move on to Karanga camp, with a short acclimatization hike later in the day. On a 6-day itinerary, climbers continue straight through to Barafu Summit camp and try to get some sleep, as they will be starting for Uhuru Peak at midnight. This is one of the reasons the 6-day trek is more challenging: in a single day a climber will increase altitude from 3,960 m to 4,640 m across 11 kilometers. The 7-day option breaks this challenge into two parts, allowing more time to acclimatize to the altitude and trek a shorter distance over two days.

On the final day, trekkers pass through Stella Point to reach Uhuru Peak for an epic sunrise on the Roof of Africa and then descend via Mweka Route on the southern side of Mount Kilimanjaro.

What is the accommodation on the Machame Route?

The Machame route has strategically placed campsites throughout, ideal for adapting to higher altitude. Trekkers will sleep in tents at each campsite. Our four-season tents are made for all weather, including rain and snow. Tents will be carried ahead by porters and everything for the camp will be set up before your arrival.

There are several types of tents used on Machame route:

Living tents

For your sleeping pleasure. Two options are commonly available - standard mountaineering tents (like the North Face VE-25 or Mountain Hardwear), and spacious walk-in “space-stations” for those wanting to add a bit of comfort. The larger tents have enough room to use camp cots for an even better sleep.

Each tent sleeps two hikers, though it is always possible to pay for a single supplement and occupy a tent on your own.

Hikers may ask why a single supplement is charged for such accommodation in tents. Typically, packages are sold for double, even triple accommodation in tents, with the calculated costs going toward wages, meals for porters and services. Sleeping single means an extra porter; an extra tent means extra trip expenses all-around.

Mess or dining tents

Meals are served in these large tents. For small groups (12 individuals or less), outfitters typically use ‘space-station’ type tents. Larger parties may use rectangular tents for their dining areas. Both living and dining tents are made of high-quality, sturdy fabric to minimize the impacts of rain and wind and make the experience comfortable.

Machame Route Altitude Profile

While the 6-day and 7-day routes may appear similar on a map, they are in fact very different when it comes to actually trekking. The 7-day Machame route offers one of the best acclimatization transitions of all Kilimanjaro climbs. The fourth day and fifth day treks being broken up across two days allows for better acclimatization and is not a taxing day immediately before ascending Uhuru Peak. Thus, the 7-day Machame route has one of the highest success rates. On the other hand, the 6-day route is not recommended because it does not allow for optimal acclimatization. The fourth day is especially gruelling and has a rapid ascent, causing some hikers to turn back or not be physically prepared to summit on the final day.

Keep in mind, the summit attempt begins at midnight, hence, the amount of trekking the previous day has a major impact one’s physical state. While previous days have morning starts, the final push to the Roof of Africa requires climbers to start in the dark and trek until sunrise. If the day before the summit was a hard challenge, it will make reaching Uhuru Peak that much more difficult.

What is the Machame Route Success Rate?

Sucess rate:
High | 87.42%

Compared to the other most popular route - Marangu - success rate on Machame Route is high, especially on the 7-day variation. It is suitable for experienced mountaineers and novices alike.

A six-day Machame trek is the most physically taxing of all 6-day itineraries on Kilimanjaro, and its success rate is lower. We recommend it to the experienced climbers, who have prior high-altitude acclimatization.

Our Machame success rate is:

  • On 7-day program - 87.42%
  • On 6-day program - 73%

How long does it take to hike the Machame Route?

The Machame Route takes 6 or 7 days, however we strongly recommend the 7-day trek due to its high success rate. A six-day option is a sharp climb, which is recommended to the experienced climbers only, who have acclimated to other mountains prior to Kilimanjaro.

Machame route: 6 days or 7? What to choose?

The Machame route on Kilimanjaro is available in 6 and 7-day trek variations. While choosing between the two you should take into account the following:

SIX-DAY MACHAME

Six-day Machame is the most challenging of all six-day treks on Kilimanjaro. The reason is simple: on the fourth day of the hike the trekkers will be hiking from Barranco camp straight to Barafu summit camp, and then, after about five to seven hours of rest, to Uhuru Peak and down to Millenium camp. This part of the trek takes up about 25 km and it is very challenging. We recommend it to experienced hikers with prior acclimatization.

SEVEN-DAY MACHAME

The 7-day option is a fantastic climb that allows for proper acclimatization. In this Machame variation a trek from Barranco to Barafu is split with an overnight at Karanga camp, allowing the climbers to have sufficient rest and fully recover before the summit attempt.

Kilimanjaro Climbing Tours via Machame route

Day 1 | Arrival

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet an Altezza Travel representative, and transfer to the hotel under the rate. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy rooms, hot water, polite staff, a swimming pool, and Internet access. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.

Note: Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.

Day 2 | Trekking From Machame Gate To Machame Camp

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance: Machame Gate (1,800 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Machame Camp (3,010 m). The trekking route includes passage through the rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes, but also your raincoats.

This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:

  • Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
  • Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
  • Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.

At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Elevation
1,800 m to 3,010 m
Hiking time
5-6 hours
Distance
5 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Rainforest
Day 3 | Trekking From Machame Camp To Shira Camp

After breakfast you will start trekking up to the second high-altitude camp, Shira Camp (3,845 m). On this day you will emerge from the rainforest and for the first time be able to see stunning views of the Shira Plateau laid out in front of you. Physically speaking, the trekking is not very difficult, but you may feel the changes in altitude, so pay attention to your body and remember that choosing the proper pace is extremely important for good trekking. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and some rest, after which the group will go on an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp with a 300-meter gain in altitude. Back down at Shira Camp you will be served a hot dinner.

Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

Trekking from Machame Camp to Shira Camp:
Change in Elevation: Machame Camp (3,010 m) — Shira Camp (3,845 m)
Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,120 m)
Hiking distance: 2 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours

Elevation
3,010 m to 3,845 m
Hiking time
4-5 hours
Distance
5 km
Difficulty
Low
Habitat
Moorland
Day 4 | Trekking From Shira Camp To The Lava Tower and Descent To Barranco Camp

After breakfast you will leave Shira Camp (3,845 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be.

Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it, but don't worry: it features a very simple hiking trail.

Note: If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route, following instead the road for porters. In this case you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up only to a maximum of 4,400 meters.

Elevation
3,845 m to 4,630 m
Hiking time
6-8 hours
Distance
11 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Moorland
Day 5 | Trekking From Barranco Camp To Barafu Camp

Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano.

Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don't worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours you will have to complete ascend to Barafu Camp (4,640 m) where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting.

Elevation
3,960 m to 4,640 m
Hiking time
8-10 hours
Distance
11 km
Difficulty
High
Habitat
Alpine desert
Day 6 | Ascent to Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp

Departure from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp (3,820 m).

Note: Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.

Elevation
4,640 m to 5,895 m
5,895 m to 3,820 m
Hiking time
8-12 hours
Distance
15 km
Difficulty
High
Habitat
Arctic
Day 7 | Descent from Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit: Mweka Gate (1,640 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates in our office and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.

Change in Elevation: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,640 m)
Hiking distance: 12 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Elevation
3,820 m to 1,640 m
Hiking time
4-5 hours
Distance
12 km
Difficulty
Low
Habitat
Rainforest
Day 8 | Departure

Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

Day 1 | Arrival

You will be collected by one of our staff at Kilimanjaro Airport for transfer to your hotel as per the programme booked. After some rest at the Hotel where you can avail yourself of all its amenities including hot showers, comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi and swimming pool,  a briefing and pre-climb check of your readiness will be conducted by your climb manager.


NB: Start of hotel check-in: 2:00 PM.

Day 2 | Trekking From Machame Gate To Machame Camp

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance: Machame Gate (1,800 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Machame Camp (3,010 m). The first stage of climbing Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route includes passage through the rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes, but also your raincoats.

This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:

  • Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
  • Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
  • Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.

At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Elevation
1,800 m to 3,010 m
Hiking time
5-6 hours
Distance
5 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Rainforest
Day 3 | Trekking from Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast you will start trekking up to the second high-altitude camp, Shira Camp (3,845 m). On this day you will emerge from the rainforest and for the first time be able to see stunning views of the Shira Plateau laid out in front of you. Physically speaking, the trekking is not very difficult, but you may feel the changes in altitude, so pay attention to your body and remember that choosing the proper pace is extremely important for good trekking. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and some rest, after which the group will go on an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp with a 300 meter gain in altitude. Back down at Shira Camp you will be served a hot dinner.

NB: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of  successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro up the Machame Route and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

Acclimatization hike:
Altitude: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,120 m)
Distance: 2 km
Time: 1-2 hours

Elevation
3,010 m to 3,845 m
Hiking time
4-5 hours
Distance
5 km
Difficulty
Low
Habitat
Moorland
Day 4 | Shira to Barranco Camp via an Ascent to the Lava Tower

Depart Shira Camp after breakfast and head towards Lava Tower ascending from  3,845 to 4,630 m. The rise-and-fall nature of this trek may present some difficulties. However, the 4,600 m altitude at the Lava Tower itself is crucial for proper acclimatization. The lunch break will take place here in order to give you some extra high-altitude time before descending approximately 650 m to Barranco Camp (3,960 m), which is the next overnight stop on this route.

Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it, but don't worry: it features a very simple hiking trail.

NB:  In those cases where some group members feel uncomfortable climbing up to Lava Tower, the route may be changed to bypass it resulting in the highest point reached 4,400 meters.

Elevation
3,845 m to 4,630 m
4,630 m to 3,960 m
Hiking time
6-8 hours
Distance
11 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Moorland
Day 5 | Trekking From Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

On this day it is best to make an early start to avoid crowding on the way up Barranco Wall. Despite the Wall's seemingly daunting height and steepness the actual climb is rather merciful at a mere hour or so. The top provides a great photo opportunity with Kibo Peak as the backdrop.
The next part of the day is rife with ups and downs where your guides will choose the best place for individual climbers.
A lunch break at Karanga Camp shall be followed by an acclimatisation climb towards Barafu with its highest point being 4,270 m. The group then drops back to Karanga Camp for the overnight.

Acclimatization climb:
Altitude: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — highest point reached: 4,270 m
Distance: 2.5 km
Time: 1-2 hours

Elevation
3,960 m to 4,035 m
Hiking time
4-5 hours
Distance
5 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Moorland
Day 6 | Trekking From Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization climb towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp with its highest point being 4,800 m and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting.

Acclimatization climb:
Altitude: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Kosovo Camp (4,800 m)
Distance: 2 km
Time: 1-2 hours

Elevation
4,035 m to 4,640 m
Hiking time
4-5 hours
Distance
6 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Alpine desert
Day 7 | Summiting on Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp

Summiting starts around midnight from 4,635 m, ending on Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. While the trek itself is fairly simple, rarified mountain air does does pose a challenge. Therefore, a guide who will monitor their condition throughout the climb shall accompany every two climbers ensuring safety above all. Upon summiting, you shall have an opportunity to walk on the nearby glacier.
The descent to 3,820 m at Millennium Camp starts after a two-hour rest back at Barafu Camp.

NB: Descent is deceptively easy with treacherous footing and results in 90% of accidents. Mind your feet if you want to avoid falling and damaged toenails!

Elevation
4,640 m to 5,895 m
5,895 m to 3,820 m
Hiking time
7-12 hours
Distance
15,5 km
Difficulty
High
Habitat
Arctic
Day 8 | Descent From Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

This last camp’s position being far lower at the forest line will afford you a good night’s sleep further enhanced by thoughts of having reached the top. Breakfast will be followed by the return to 1,650 m at the final point in this adventure- Mweka Gate. After a short celebration with the whole of the climb crew and arrival at our offices, you will receive your climb certificates, followed by the drive to your lodge.

Altitude: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,650 m)
Distance: 12 km
Time: 4–5 hrs.

Elevation
3,820 m to 1,650 m
Hiking time
4-5 hours
Distance
12 km
Difficulty
Low
Habitat
Rainforest
Day 9 | Departure

Hotel-to-airport transfer.

NB: Typical check-out time is 11:00 AM. Late checking out is available for guests with late flights, though they may incur extra fees.

What is the Machame Route Cost?

The second most popular route on Kilimanjaro, Machame is in the medium pricing category. Being one of the camping routes, it is always a good choice for those who want to enjoy all comforts of a well-organized adventure, yet want to save a little.

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All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

Our classic adventures are what the majority of climbers are looking for. The combination of great comfort and high safety standards makes our classic Kilimanjaro hikes enjoyable and memorable. This is the most popular option among our clients.

This climbing package includes everything that a climber may need for the hike - our experienced mountain crews, high-quality group equipment, nutritionist-designed meals. Our safety protocols, though, are the same for all our hiking adventures - only the guides with Wilderness First Responder certification are assigned to lead a party. Other safety measures include a supply of oxygen cylinders, complete medical kits and compulsory medical check-ups (two per day).

The progress of each trekking party is tracked with GPS device. You may share the link with your family and friends, who will be able to monitor your progress in a real-time mode.

Before and after the adventure you will stay in a good hotel with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
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5-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. It makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

The well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
1 pax
$2 296
2 pax
$1 869
3 pax
$1 766
4 pax
$1 688
5 pax
$1 665
6 pax
$1 597
7 pax
$1 565
8 pax
$1 547
6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
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6-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
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6-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers, Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”, offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
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6-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
$2 607 $2 127 $2 009 $1 920 $1 897 $1 822 $1 788 $1 771 Details

6-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. It makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

The well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
$2 744 $2 196 $2 053 $1 953 $1 905 $1 842 $1 806 $1 790 Details

6-day climbing Umbwe route + 2 days in a hotel

Daring experienced climbers seeking adventure and challenge will find just what they want on Umbwe. A short steep climb traversing all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will put your strength and endurance to the test. Like no other route on Kilimanjaro Umbwe gives a sense of achievement to those who reach the summit.

Your first day on the mountain will start from Umbwe Gate and continue with a lengthy trek to the first camp on your way - Umbwe camp. In spite of the challenge that Umbwe poses to hikers, well thought-out location of camps will contribute to proper acclimatization.

The trek through Umbwe is available only as a 6-day program. Recommended only to experienced hikers in good physical shape.

6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
1 pax
$2 838
2 pax
$2 242
3 pax
$2 109
4 pax
$1 994
5 pax
$1 938
6 pax
$1 883
7 pax
$1 840
8 pax
$1 819
Machame route
Machame route 8 days
1 pax
$2 724
2 pax
$2 176
3 pax
$2 033
4 pax
$1 933
5 pax
$1 873
6 pax
$1 822
7 pax
$1 786
8 pax
$1 754
Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
1 pax
$2 832
2 pax
$2 239
3 pax
$2 105
4 pax
$1 991
5 pax
$1 945
6 pax
$1 880
7 pax
$1 837
8 pax
$1 817
Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
1 pax
$2 607
2 pax
$2 127
3 pax
$2 009
4 pax
$1 920
5 pax
$1 897
6 pax
$1 822
7 pax
$1 788
8 pax
$1 771
Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
1 pax
$2 744
2 pax
$2 196
3 pax
$2 053
4 pax
$1 953
5 pax
$1 905
6 pax
$1 842
7 pax
$1 806
8 pax
$1 790
7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
$3 131 $2 485 $2 329 $2 205 $2 145 $2 084 $2 037 $2 020 Details

7-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 9 days
$3 017 $2 419 $2 253 $2 143 $2 078 $2 024 $1 984 $1 952 Details

7-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers, Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”, offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
$3 125 $2 482 $2 325 $2 202 $2 152 $2 081 $2 035 $2 018 Details

7-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
1 pax
$3 131
2 pax
$2 485
3 pax
$2 329
4 pax
$2 205
5 pax
$2 145
6 pax
$2 084
7 pax
$2 037
8 pax
$2 020
Machame route
Machame route 9 days
1 pax
$3 017
2 pax
$2 419
3 pax
$2 253
4 pax
$2 143
5 pax
$2 078
6 pax
$2 024
7 pax
$1 984
8 pax
$1 952
Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
1 pax
$3 125
2 pax
$2 482
3 pax
$2 325
4 pax
$2 202
5 pax
$2 152
6 pax
$2 081
7 pax
$2 035
8 pax
$2 018
8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
$3 509 $2 770 $2 577 $2 437 $2 369 $2 300 $2 247 $2 232 Details

8-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
$3 509 $2 770 $2 577 $2 437 $2 369 $2 300 $2 247 $2 232 Details

8-day climbing Northern Circuit + 2 days in a hotel

The longest and the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern circuit is known for excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes. For the present moment a very limited number of travelers have set foot on this trail, and the route is hardly ever crowded.

It is recommended to those who enjoy long trekking experiences in remote wilderness with a minimal number of other trekkers around.

It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts very high summit success rate. 9-day extended version with crater camping is also available.

8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
1 pax
$3 509
2 pax
$2 770
3 pax
$2 577
4 pax
$2 437
5 pax
$2 369
6 pax
$2 300
7 pax
$2 247
8 pax
$2 232
Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
1 pax
$3 509
2 pax
$2 770
3 pax
$2 577
4 pax
$2 437
5 pax
$2 369
6 pax
$2 300
7 pax
$2 247
8 pax
$2 232
10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
$4 265 $3 851 $3 767 $3 708 $3 649 $3 605 $3 582 $3 564 Details

10-day climbing Kilimanjaro Crater route + 2 days in a hotel

The extended version of Northern Circuit route includes two extra days to get proper acclimatization before overnighting at Crater Camp. Situated close to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at the altitude of 5790 m, this is the highest overnight possible at the equator, so we will do our utmost to make your Kilimanjaro climb comfortable, as well as unforgettable. Only a lucky few can lay claim to having seen the night skies at this altitude and they are indeed a sight to behold: Kilimanjaro Glaciers against the backdrop of the Milky Way! While such ascents are never without their risks, the Altezza Travel Team has both the expertise and equipment to ensure your safety at Kilimanjaro Crater Camp.

10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
1 pax
$4 265
2 pax
$3 851
3 pax
$3 767
4 pax
$3 708
5 pax
$3 649
6 pax
$3 605
7 pax
$3 582
8 pax
$3 564
The climb cost includes:

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;

Entry fees:

  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents).

Please note:

All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks.A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
The climb cost excludes:
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance.
All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

Our premium Kilimanjaro adventures include certain extra features, such as spacious walk-in tents, advanced meal plan on the hike, portable shower and toilet, camp cots, insurance package, satellite phone for staying in touch with family and friends and some other upgrades on Kilimanjaro. It is the highest quality service a luxury-focused climber can get here.

Safety protocols for the premium adventures include mandatory Wilderness First Responder Certification of all our guides, oxygen cylinders, medical kits and compulsory medical check-ups (two per day). Helicopter evacuation insurance package is also included in the cost price.

Before and after your trip you will be staying in a 5* hotel in Arusha (all-inclusive basis), where a special celebration dinner will be served at the end of your trip.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
$4 684 $3 684 $3 394 $3 241 $3 150 $3 035 $2 986 $2 947 Details

5-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. It makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

The well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
1 pax
$4 684
2 pax
$3 684
3 pax
$3 394
4 pax
$3 241
5 pax
$3 150
6 pax
$3 035
7 pax
$2 986
8 pax
$2 947
6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
$5 907 $4 416 $4 000 $3 804 $3 696 $3 529 $3 480 $3 434 Details

6-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 8 days
$5 783 $4 345 $3 919 $3 739 $3 639 $3 477 $3 432 $3 382 Details

6-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers, Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”, offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
$5 901 $4 413 $3 996 $3 801 $3 703 $3 533 $3 483 $3 432 Details

6-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
$4 997 $3 954 $3 643 $3 482 $3 388 $3 268 $3 216 $3 179 Details

6-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. It makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

The well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
$5 803 $4 365 $3 939 $3 759 $3 659 $3 497 $3 453 $3 402 Details

6-day climbing Umbwe route + 2 days in a hotel

Daring experienced climbers seeking adventure and challenge will find just what they want on Umbwe. A short steep climb traversing all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will put your strength and endurance to the test. Like no other route on Kilimanjaro Umbwe gives a sense of achievement to those who reach the summit.

Your first day on the mountain will start from Umbwe Gate and continue with a lengthy trek to the first camp on your way - Umbwe camp. In spite of the challenge that Umbwe poses to hikers, well thought-out location of camps will contribute to proper acclimatization.

The trek through Umbwe is available only as a 6-day program. Recommended only to experienced hikers in good physical shape.

6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
1 pax
$5 907
2 pax
$4 416
3 pax
$4 000
4 pax
$3 804
5 pax
$3 696
6 pax
$3 529
7 pax
$3 480
8 pax
$3 434
Machame route
Machame route 8 days
1 pax
$5 783
2 pax
$4 345
3 pax
$3 919
4 pax
$3 739
5 pax
$3 639
6 pax
$3 477
7 pax
$3 432
8 pax
$3 382
Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
1 pax
$5 901
2 pax
$4 413
3 pax
$3 996
4 pax
$3 801
5 pax
$3 703
6 pax
$3 533
7 pax
$3 483
8 pax
$3 432
Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
1 pax
$4 997
2 pax
$3 954
3 pax
$3 643
4 pax
$3 482
5 pax
$3 388
6 pax
$3 268
7 pax
$3 216
8 pax
$3 179
Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
1 pax
$5 803
2 pax
$4 365
3 pax
$3 939
4 pax
$3 759
5 pax
$3 659
6 pax
$3 497
7 pax
$3 453
8 pax
$3 402
7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
$6 273 $4 701 $4 255 $4 047 $3 935 $3 759 $3 707 $3 662 Details

7-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 9 days
$6 148 $4 630 $4 174 $3 982 $3 848 $3 707 $3 659 $3 610 Details

7-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers, Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”, offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
$6 267 $4 698 $4 251 $4 044 $3 842 $3 763 $3 710 $3 660 Details

7-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
1 pax
$6 273
2 pax
$4 701
3 pax
$4 255
4 pax
$4 047
5 pax
$3 935
6 pax
$3 759
7 pax
$3 707
8 pax
$3 662
Machame route
Machame route 9 days
1 pax
$6 148
2 pax
$4 630
3 pax
$4 174
4 pax
$3 982
5 pax
$3 848
6 pax
$3 707
7 pax
$3 659
8 pax
$3 610
Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
1 pax
$6 267
2 pax
$4 698
3 pax
$4 251
4 pax
$4 044
5 pax
$3 842
6 pax
$3 763
7 pax
$3 710
8 pax
$3 660
8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
$6 722 $5 028 $4 538 $4 311 $4 191 $4 003 $3 945 $3 900 Details

8-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
$6 722 $5 028 $4 538 $4 311 $4 191 $4 003 $3 945 $3 900 Details

8-day climbing Northern Circuit + 2 days in a hotel

The longest and the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern circuit is known for excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes. For the present moment a very limited number of travelers have set foot on this trail, and the route is hardly ever crowded.

It is recommended to those who enjoy long trekking experiences in remote wilderness with a minimal number of other trekkers around.

It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts very high summit success rate. 9-day extended version with crater camping is also available.

8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
1 pax
$6 722
2 pax
$5 028
3 pax
$4 538
4 pax
$4 311
5 pax
$4 191
6 pax
$4 003
7 pax
$3 945
8 pax
$3 900
Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
1 pax
$6 722
2 pax
$5 028
3 pax
$4 538
4 pax
$4 311
5 pax
$4 191
6 pax
$4 003
7 pax
$3 945
8 pax
$3 900
10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
$7 878 $7 024 $6 756 $6 672 $6 576 $6 483 $6 456 $6 538 Details

10-day climbing Kilimanjaro Crater route + 2 days in a hotel

The extended version of Northern Circuit route includes two extra days to get proper acclimatization before overnighting at Crater Camp. Situated close to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at the altitude of 5790 m, this is the highest overnight possible at the equator, so we will do our utmost to make your Kilimanjaro climb comfortable, as well as unforgettable. Only a lucky few can lay claim to having seen the night skies at this altitude and they are indeed a sight to behold: Kilimanjaro Glaciers against the backdrop of the Milky Way! While such ascents are never without their risks, the Altezza Travel Team has both the expertise and equipment to ensure your safety at Kilimanjaro Crater Camp.

10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
1 pax
$7 878
2 pax
$7 024
3 pax
$6 756
4 pax
$6 672
5 pax
$6 576
6 pax
$6 483
7 pax
$6 456
8 pax
$6 538
The climb cost includes:

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel.

Entry fees:

  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at Legendary Lodge 5* (Arusha) before the expedition and one night after. The hotel has the highest service standards to be found in northern Tanzania;
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents walk-in Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents).

Please note:

By default, you will be sharing a tent with your travel companion. Single occupancy in tents is available upon request.

Meals:

  • All-inclusive service in the hotel;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro premium diet features upgraded, nutritionist-designed meal plan with different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh local and imported fruits and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available;
  • All drinks on the hike (juices, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water);
  • Bottled water for the whole climb;
  • Celebration dinner in the hotel after the climb.

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • Camping cots;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Sleeping bag Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Flame (Comfort -15o C);
  • Portable toilet;
  • Portable shower;
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • Insurance package, which covers helicopter evacuation;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits;
  • Satellite phone.

Climbing crew

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
The climb cost excludes:
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (300–350 USD per person).

Dates and Prices

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dima is a Tanzania-based travel expert with multiple Kilimanjaro hikes under his belt. He contributed his knowledge and skills to many notable expeditions, including Wings of Kilimanjaro 2019, BASE-jump trip with Red Bull, National Geographic trips and many other adventures.

At Altezza Travel Dima is the Kilimanjaro Expeditions Coordinator. Every year he supervises the departure of over 1500 Kilimanjaro trekkers, appoints the guides and makes sure that everything goes as planned before, during and after the expedition.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to pronounce Machame?

Machame, (pronounced: mah-chah-mae) are a clan of the Chagga tribe, who have resided along Mount Kilimanjaro for centuries. Whether the tribe was named for the Machame area, or the area was named for the tribe, is uncertain. Visitors to Tanzania should keep in mind “Machame” can mean the people group, or the location, or the climbing route. As the conversation goes, it usually becomes clear exactly which “Machame” is being discussed.

How busy is the Machame Route?

Due to its popularity this route can become busy, especially during the high seasons between August and September and January and February. Our groups usually have a bit of an earlier start in order to avoid the crowds, but at the last few campsites there may be an unavoidable ‘tent city’ where all the groups set up their tents.

Machame vs Lemosho Route

These two treks converge at Barranco Camp and follow the same trail up to Uhuru Peak. It is the first few days of the trek which differ: Lemosho being considered a premium route with less traffic. Machame typically is crowded, especially during high season. Both routes have excellent acclimatization. For Machame we recommend the 7-day trek, but Lemosho Route has options for 7 or 8-day options, for adventurers who want more time on the Mountain, or want an extra day for even higher chance of success.

Machame vs Marangu Route

These are the two most popular routes on Kilimanjaro. Marangu is available only in short 5 or 6-day options, and is actually more crowded than Machame. Obviously, the extra days and gradual ascent with Machame Route result in better acclimatization.

Another difference with Marangu Route is that overnights are spent in huts, sleeping arrangements designated by park rangers, not tour groups. Some huts are designed to sleep up to 10 people, which can be uncomfortable and crowded quarters. Accomodation on Machame are in special, private, four-season tents and climbers do not share sleeping quarters with other groups. During the rainy season some clients prefer Marangu route because of the convenience of the huts.

Machame vs Rongai Route

Rongai is the only route which approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the north. Unlike the Machame route, it is one of the least popular routes because of its remote location.

Though success rate on the Rongai route is more or less satisfactory (about 75% on 7-day trek), Rongai is much flatter than the Machame route, hence the opportunities for “walk high, sleep low” are limited.

Rongai is recommended for those willing to see the much-less travelled northern face of Mount Kilimanjaro and who want to avoid the crowds of Machame Route.

7-day Machame route, however, will be much better for beginning trekkers because of the strategic “sleep low, walk high” opportunities.

What is the best time to hike Machame route?

The best time to hike the Machame route is in August-September and January-February, when the rains are minimal. However, this is also the high season when the route is the most crowded. June and July are also good times to climb, because there is less traffic and the weather is generally good, however it might be a bit colder and have some precipitation in the mornings.

How long is Machame Route?

The Machame Route is 37 miles/62 km.

Conclusion - Why choose Machame Route to Hike Kilimanjaro?

The Machame Route is one of the more preferred climbs to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. The 7-day trek offers excellent acclimatization, fantastic scenery and an adventurous transition through a tropical rainforest and alpine desert before reaching the summit. The 6-day program does not offer good acclimatization and should only be attempted with prior altitude preparation.

For trekkers who want to meet new friends and climb with company, Machame route is usually busy and offers the chance to interact with other climbers. It is also less expensive than Lemosho and has well-positioned campsites.

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Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

There are six routes leading to the peak of Kilimanjaro. Each route has something special to offer. Some are known for great acclimatization, others for epic panoramic landscapes. Two of them - Lemosho and Machame - are our favorites.They combine great acclimatization transition and high scenic value. Though Machame is sometimes crowded, Lemosho is always a great choice. You should not, however, think that the other routes are bad. Despite the fact that acclimatization on other routes may be more challenging, the hiking experiences are nevertheless unique.